Editor's note: A newer version of this product is available. We will evaluate, rank and review the new version of this product when we next update the CD Burning Software reviews. Meanwhile, enjoy our review below about the Power2Go 9.

Power2Go 9 by Cyberlink is one of the best CD burning applications on the market today. That’s because it offers a wide array of features that enable you to create audio, video and data discs. It also contains other features that run the gamut from creating photo gallery discs to online media backup and system recovery discs. In short, Power2Go 9 enables you to create nearly any type of optical disc you could possibly want.

The entire assortment of CD burning tools found in Power2Go 9 is arranged neatly and intuitively on its home page. Feature categories on the home page range from creating music and video discs to system recovery and online media backup discs. The simple organization of these powerful tools is one of the primary selling points of this CD burner application.

The tools themselves are also incredibly intuitive. Consider the audio CD tool, which is located under the Music Disc tab. This tool launches a drag-and-drop interface where you can select the music files from your hard drive for burning onto a writeable CD. Once you've dropped your files onto the disc, the rest is simply arranging the tracks into the order you want them.

Making a data disc is equally simple. Backing up your files to optical disc is an excellent contingency plan to modern cloud-based backup services. This application isn’t limited to burning CDs. You can also create data DVDs and Blu-rays.

The Copy Disc tab is an excellent tool for making exact copies of the discs you already own. However, it only works on discs that are not encrypted with copy protection. If you have a DVD or other disc that is shielded with CSS or another form of encryption, Power2Go 9 will not be able to copy it.

Power2Go Summary:

Power2Go 9 is a powerful and useful optical disc authoring application that burns CDs, DVDs and Blu-ray discs. With the exception of duplicating encrypted commercial discs, you’d be hard pressed to find a task related to optical media that this program couldn’t accomplish.


Power2Go 9

This application can create data discs and all types of optical media including CDs, DVDs and Blu-rays.

It cannot decrypt encryptions, such as CSS, found on commercial discs.

The Verdict:

If you burn optical discs often or simply need to perform basic burning tasks, you won’t regret this purchase.